Thursday, September 14, 2023

Diversion Into a Wool Embroidery Sampler

Diversion Into a Sue Spargo Sampler 

I am lucky enough to live within driving distance of Sue Spargo's Ohio store. I whole-heartedly recommend visiting if you are ever in the northeastern Ohio area. It's as much a museum of her wool art as it is an enticing store. There are rooms full of threads, fabrics, and projects. It does not disappoint.

I can't tell you when I first started this sampler, but let's guess a couple years ago. I grab it when I travel as it's fairly compact. It's my first foray into wool embroidery, and excuse the wool pun, but I'm hooked. 

Check out You Tube for tutorials to get started. Sue Spargo has her own, Ariane Zurcher is very good if you're looking for specific stitches, or there is a website called Stitch Bank. 

I have to admit I've gone down a rabbit hole looking at embroidery blogs, webstites, etc. Cecile Franconie is hands down the most delicious! I've linked her Pinterest page. I am mesmerized at her combinations of fabric and ribbon and yarns with everything vintage. It's such an inspiration.

These are all 1" wool circles used as a base for learning stitches. Don't judge me too harshly, but there are a few stitches I am a failure at. It may come, or I may learn to substitute. I've already taken creative license around a few. 

I have a terrible head cold at the moment so this is getting the most attention while I rest. There's 28 to go so maybe by Thanksgiving. I'm in no rush.

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.


Linda Swanekamp said...

Vit C & D and zinc. Nebulizer with saline and peroxide. Works wonders Your work is phenomenal. My hand stitching is laughable. I could never even do one of yours. You are amazing!

audrey said...

Beautiful, beautiful work! Thread is almost addictive so I can only imagine the fun of working on these stitching beauties.:)